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9 Tips for Practicing Saxophone Without Getting Shot by Your Neighbors

Practicing Quietly

This article is based on a question sent in by Best. Saxophone. Website. Ever. guest writer and reader Charles “Chazz” Pratt in Phoenix, Arizona (question has been slightly abbreviated): Here’s a question that’s been on my mind for quite some time. Where do people practice? If you’re traveling (not as a gigging musician, but mainly […]

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A Comparison of 4 Popular Saxophone Neck Straps

A Comparison of 4 Popular Saxophone Neck Straps

Choosing a neck strap that fits you is easier said than done. Although a saxophone neck strap is a fairly simple design and many just see it as something that holds the horn while you’re playing, there are many neck straps that do not give sax players the support and comfort they desire. The four […]

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Saxophone Prodigy Grace Kelly’s Astounding Musical Journey

Saxophonist Grace Kelly

When putting these interview articles together, sometimes I get an artist whose accomplishments are so impressive and numerous that it makes putting everything into a few paragraphs, well, kind of a pain in the tush. That said, thanks a lot Grace Kelly. I’ll go ahead and list just a few of the bullet points here: […]

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Improving Your Sax Playing the Fast Way

The Woodshed

I’ve recently begun to throw myself full force into practicing again. Although I’ve done quite a bit of professional playing in my day, the last few years have seen me doing a lot more work at the computer and a lot less at the horn. But unlike other periods where music performance was a more central […]

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Tips and Wisdom from Saxophone Virtuoso Greg Banaszak

Greg Banaszak

This article serves as the show notes for this week’s podcast interview with Greg Banaszak. Greg Banaszak is a rare breed of saxophonist indeed. First off, let’s start with his status as, literally, one of the most esteemed classical saxophonists walking the planet at this time. The New York Times refers to him as “A Saxophone Tour […]

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Is it Worth Buying a “Pro” Model Saxophone? – Part II

Ask a Saxophone Repairman

This article is part two if a two-part interview series with Matt Stohrer on what it is that makes a saxophone a true “pro” model. If you haven’t done so already, check out part I to get the full scoop. DO: In your opinion, what makes a saxophone truly a “pro” horn as opposed to […]

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What Makes Saxophone Stalwart Mel Martin Tick?

Mel Martin

Playing alongside giants such as Benny Carter, Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard, Boz Scaggs, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, James Brown, and B.B. King, Mel Martin has cut his teeth in the company of some of the jazz history’s finest. With his outings as both a leader and solo artist, Martin has collected honors such […]

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Is it Worth Buying a “Pro” Model Saxophone? – Part I

Professional Saxophone

This article is part one of a two-part interview series with Matt Stohrer on what it is that makes a saxophone a true “pro” model.   With his relentless passion for all things saxophone, Matt Stohrer is a fountainhead of in-depth knowledge when it comes to the repairing, selling, and trading of saxophones. After servicing […]

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